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Remarks of some judges and jurists on parliament's authority to impeach Supreme Court judges

Some former chief justices and jurists at a meeting of the parliamentary body for constitutional amendment on April 24, 2011, strongly opposed restoring parliament's power to impeach judges by scraping the current supreme judicial council system. Some of them also informed the committee about the anxiety and fear among the apex court judges over the then move. On the basis of the meeting proceedings, Shakhawat Liton picks brief remarks of some judges and jurists on the issue.


  High Court Division annuls the Contempt of Court Act, 2013
The Division Bench of Mr. Justice Quazi Reza-ul Hoque and Mr. Justice ABM Altaf Hossain declared the Contempt of Court Act, 2013 as annulled as the law was enacted only to protect journalists and public servants.

Source: Dhaka Tribune 


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   Legal Maxims

audi alteram partem : no man shall be condemned unheard.

in limine : at the outset.

void ab initio : null from the beginning.

per incuriam : (of a judicial decision) wrongly decided, usually because the judge or judges were ill-informed of the applicable law.

ex facie : on the face of it; evidently; apparently.

ad hoc : formed for a particular purpose.

ad interim : in the meantime; temporarily.

mutatis mutandis : all necessary changes having been made; with the necessary changes.

pari passu : proportionally; at an equal pace; without preference.

locus poenitentiae: the opportunity of withdrawing from a projected contract, before the parties are finally bound

bona fide : made in good faith; without fraud or deceit; sincere; genuine.

mala fide : dishonesty of belief or purpose.

obiter dictum : a judicial comment made while delivering a judicial opinion; but one that is unnecessary to the decision in the case and therefore not precedential.

onus probandi : burden of proof.

cestui que trust : one who possesses equitable rights in property.

inter vivos : of or relating to property conveyed not by will or in contemplation of an imminent death, but during the conveyor’s lifetime.

pendente lite : during litigation.

ex post facto : with retroactive affect or force; in light of subsequent events.

non est factum : a plea that a written agreement is invalid because the defendant was mistaken about its character when signing it.

Fumus boni iuris : presumption of sufficient legal basis.

per contra : on the contrary.